Goa Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
UPSC

Goa Judicial Service Exam is conducted by the High Court of Bombay to recruit qualified candidates for the posts of Civil Judge, Junior Division and Judicial Magistrate First Class.

Civil Judge, Junior Division and Judicial Magistrate First Class are Grade III Judicial Officers who decide the Civil matter and criminal matter respectively. These exams focus on Indian legal and constitutional governance and history, current developments of national and international interest, and the analytical aptitude and skills of the candidate.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, State Level
Exam Medium English
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidate for the posts of Civil Judge or Judicial Magistrate First Class.
Conducting Body High Court of Bombay
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GJS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. The candidate must be a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
    • The candidate must hold a Degree in Law and must have practised as an Advocate for a minimum period of three years. Or
    • Must be a fresh Law Graduate who has secured the degree in law by passing all the examinations leading to the degree in the first attempt in all academic years and has secured in the final year examination of the Degree in Law OR Master’s Degree in Law at final L.L.M. Examination not less than fifty-five per cent marks.

  4. Age Limit
  5. Not less than twenty-one years and not more than:

    • thirty-five years in the case of Advocates with three years of practice
    • twenty-five years in case of fresh Law Graduates
    • forty-five years in the case of ministerial staff.

    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    Advocate (Backward Class) 40 years
    Freshers (Backward Class) 30 years
    Ministerial Staff (Backward Class) 50 years

  6. Restrictions on Attempts
  7. There is no attempt restriction for the candidates provided the upper age limit has not been exceeded.

GJS Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Preliminary Exam To be notified

GJS Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary exam
Stage II: Main exam
Stage III: Viva-Voce

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 100

Pattern for Main Written Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
2 Paper II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
Total Marks* 200

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 50

The High Court shall hold a viva voce examination carrying 50 marks for the candidates who secure not less than 50% of marks in each paper at such final written examination.

GJS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I

  • The Constitution of India
  • The Indian Contract Act, 1872
  • The Specific Relief Act, 1963
  • The Limitation Act, 1963
  • Sale of Goods Act, 1930
  • Indian Partnership Act, 1932
  • The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • Transfer of Property Act, 1882
  • The Easement Act, 1882
  • Family Laws in Goa including Hindu Laws and Muslim Laws
  • Land Laws: The Goa, Daman & Diu Agricultural Tenancy Act,1964, The Goa, Daman & Diu Mundkars (Protection from Eviction) Act, 1975, The Goa, Daman & Diu Buildings (Lease, Rent & Eviction) Control Act, 1968 and Rules, 1969.
  • The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  • The Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • The Evidence Act, 1872
  • The Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989
  • The Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881

Syllabus for Main Written Exam

1 Mains Paper I

  • The Indian Contract Act, 1872
  • The Specific Relief Act, 1963
  • The Limitation Act, 1963
  • Sale of Goods Act, 1930
  • Indian Partnership Act, 1932
  • The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • Transfer of Property Act, 1882
  • The Easement Act, 1882
  • Family Laws in Goa including Hindu Laws and Muslim Laws
  • Land Laws: The Goa, Daman & Diu Agricultural Tenancy Act, 1964, The Goa, Daman & Diu Mundkars (Protection from Eviction) Act, 1975, The Goa, Daman & Diu Buildings (Lease, Rent & Eviction) Control Act, 1968 and Rules, 1969
  • Constitution of India

2 Mains Paper II

  • The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  • The Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • The Evidence Act, 1872
  • The Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989
  • The Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881
  • Essay on Current Legal Topic (Approximately 800 words)

Syllabus for Viva-Voce

There is no specified syllabus for Viva – Voce but the interview is intended to supplement the written examination for testing the general and specialised knowledge in law & other subjects as well as the abilities to solve the problem during the course of work.

The Board will pay special attention to assess:

  • intellectual curiosity,
  • critical powers of assimilation,
  • balance of judgment and alertness of mind,
  • the ability for social cohesion,
  • integrity of character initiative and
  • capacity for leadership.

The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in his/her subjects of law but also in events which are happening around him/her both within and outside his/her own State or Country.

They must have knowledge in the field of Current Affairs, New Discoveries & Inventions also. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination, but of a natural, through directed and purposive conversation intended to reveal the candidate’s mental qualities and his/her grasp of problems.

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